Knowing When to Leave

Overall, I’ve had pretty good success as far as getting shots of old signs and not having anyone complain. I probably have more positive stories than negative, because most people recognize the fact that the more pictures are taken of their sign, the greater the publicity. I’ve been given the raised eyebrow twice, and told … Continue reading “Knowing When to Leave”

Hey There, Georgia Girl

My parents didn’t live in Georgia for long. In fact, if truth be known, it was the shortest time I’ve ever lived anywhere in my life. Back in the early 70s, my father got a teaching job in the Brunswick area and we lived in a duplex on Jekyll Island. The job, and the beach … Continue reading “Hey There, Georgia Girl”

Wildwood, Part 3

Stardust Motel, Wildwood, NJ For part 1, click here For part 2, click here Due to the construction in Wildwood last October, we found ourselves diving down streets that we probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise. We ended up on Spicer Avenue, which held a few more motels of the golden era. Remembering back to the … Continue reading “Wildwood, Part 3”

(You Say You Want a) Resolution

Kwik Shoppe, Shoemakersville, PA from January 2014 At the top of this year, as we do every year, we talked about the things we wanted to see and do in the next twelve months. The Big Picture. I suppose we’re no different from anybody else, and probably no different in this respect to anybody else … Continue reading “(You Say You Want a) Resolution”

Wildwood, Part 2

The more you go through Wildwood, the greater the embarrassment of riches. Just going down a side road can lead you to a sign you didn’t know existed, one that no one seems to have posted on Flickr or Instagram. The Sand Dune, for instance, which seems lost during the day, caught between a few … Continue reading “Wildwood, Part 2”

Wildwood

So where was I? Oh, right. We were in Philadelphia, having visited the Reading Terminal and Termini Brothers, when we realized that we still had more than half a day. So I said, why not go to Wildwood? It’s not tremendously far away, and I had been looking forward to going. The neon had been … Continue reading “Wildwood”

The Philadelphia Food and Sign Festival

First off, in answer to someone’s question when I had four posts entitled “The San Antonio Food and Sign Festival,” this is not actually a thing. But it should be. All I’m sayin’. Second, there’s also no such thing as the Philadelphia Food and Sign Festival (but there should be), other than the one Laura … Continue reading “The Philadelphia Food and Sign Festival”

The New Jersey Expeditions, Part 2

Autumn arrived, and at the start of it, death visited us on both ends of the spectrum. First it was our 77-year old next-door neighbor, who died suddenly of a heart attack. At the end of the week, my cousin’s son, who was just five years old, succumbed to the ravages of Neuroblastoma after a … Continue reading “The New Jersey Expeditions, Part 2”

Binghamton by Night

This last Labor Day weekend, after all manner of family visits, we headed back from Binghamton. It wasn’t intentional, but we had left right at neon magic hour (the hour, or minutes, following sundown). Immediately I cast my mind back to earlier this year, when I noticed the Red Oak Diner sign on Front Street, … Continue reading “Binghamton by Night”

The New Jersey Expeditions

There are plenty of things I forget on a constant basis. Among them: The Cubs are not going to win the division. Lid down. Just because a burger is flame-broiled doesn’t necessarily make it a good burger. Although that Toyota ad with “Jan” started out with a promising concept, it’s not going to be in … Continue reading “The New Jersey Expeditions”